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[audio]Michael Nyman performs solo piano works from the soundtrack to The Piano at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Michael Nyman
English composer Michael Nyman performs works from the soundtrack to The Piano (Big my secret, Silver-fingered fling, The heart asks pleasure first) on solo piano at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Michael Nyman, piano.
Keywords: Soundtrack; Minimalism
Downloads: 23,208
[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs John Cage Suite for Toy Piano (1948) at Other Minds 5, 1999 - John Cage & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the John Cage composition Suite for Toy Piano (1948) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Cage wrote his Suite for Toy Piano at Black Mountain College in North Carolina for Merce Cunningham's Diversion. Its five short movements use only nine consecutive white notes...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Other Minds New Music Seance I: Concert II
On December 3, 2005, Other Minds presented for the first time three concerts of new music summoning the spirits of composers past and present, in the spiritual setting of Bernard Maybeck's Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The following selections are from Concert II, "NUDE ROLLING DOWN AN ESCALATOR". Ruth Crawford Seeger Prelude No. 4; Prelude No. 9 (1924-28) Andrea Morricone 1 Studio (Etude No...
Keywords: New Music Seance; Other Minds; Concerts; New Music; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 15,799
[audio]Igor Stravinsky - A Reluctant Farewell
Tribute to late Russian-American giant features rendition of entire "Firebird" ballet as played on piano by Stravinsky. Also on the program is the Duo Concertant for violin and piano, Norwegian Moods, and Le sacre du printemps. Broadcast one day after Stravinsky's death.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; 20th Century Classical; Igor Stravinsky
Downloads: 12,421
[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs The Beatles song Eleanor Rigby at Other Minds 5, 1999 - John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast Premiere special arrangement of The Beatles song Eleanor Rigby (arranged by Toby Twining) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano
Keywords: Avant-garde; Rock & Roll; 20th Century Classical; Toy Piano
Downloads: 11,978 2.50 out of 5 stars2.50 out of 5 stars2.50 out of 5 stars(6 reviews)
[audio]Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980 - Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Popular Music; Brian Eno
Downloads: 11,881 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(7 reviews)
[audio]South Indian Flute Music
A selection of South Indian flute music by Tanjore Viswanathan. The master flute musician performs a number of ragas accompanied by five other musicians playing the violin and assorted traditional Indian instruments.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music; Tanjore Viswanathan
Downloads: 10,919
[audio]Steve Reich at UC Berkeley University Museum - Steve Reich
A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center...
Keywords: Music; KPFA-FM; Minimalism; New Music; Steve Reich; University Museum, UC Berkeley
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[audio]Shehnai Nawaz Bismillah Khan
Master shehnai (Indian oboe) player Bismillah Khan plays three ragas, accompanied by unidentified tabla and tamboura players. Born in 1916, to a family of court musicians, Khan was perhaps the person most responsible for popularizing shehnai music in the modern era. This particular recording was made in the 1960s. Khan died in 2006.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music; Bismillah Khan
Downloads: 10,412
[audio]Jazz Archives: Ragtime Piano
Phil Elwood presents a program on the evolution of Ragtime music from Scott Joplin to Jelly Roll Morton. The early composers of Ragtime saw themselves foremost as composers and looked down on the un-schooled musicians that later adapted ragtime into what became known as Jazz. Joplin in particular was rather conservative in his approach to Ragtime, and did little to include the swinging beat that was to be popularized by later musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Scott Joplin; Phil Elwood
Downloads: 8,381 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]John Cage and David Tudor Concert at The San Francisco Museum of Art (January 16, 1965) - John Cage & David Tudor
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The San Francisco Museum of Art present John Cage and David Tudor Program John Cage: Duet for Cymbal (from Cartridge Music, 1960) (19:17) Christian Wolff: for 1, 2 or 3 people (23:36) John Cage: Variations IV (31:46) Recorded by KPFA Radio on the 39th birthday of David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage thundered through the halls of the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art before a capacity audience that included the late Darius...
Keywords: Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; david Tudor; John Cage
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[audio]Forty-Two for Henry Flynt by La Monte Young performed by Peter Winkler (gong) at the Third Annual Festival of the Avant Garde in San Francisco, 1965 - La Monte Young
La Monte Young is an American composer living in New York, where he is associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950s. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Experimental; 20th Century Classical; Minimalism
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[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening I of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 - 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish "A Year from Mo...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; Interviews
Downloads: 7,104
[audio]A Reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Spoken Word
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[audio]John Cage Interviewed by Jonathan Cott - Jonathan Cott & John Cage
A lively 1963 interview of John Cage by Jonathan Cott. The discussion covers several aspects of Cages creative process and aesthetic. At every turn Cott antagonizes Cage with challenging questions. In addition, he quotes from numerous sources (including Norman Mailer, Michael Steinberg, Igor Stravinksy and others) criticizing Cage and his music. Includes a performance of Aria with Fontana Mix featuring vocalist Cathy Berberian...
Keywords: Interview; New Music; John Cage
Downloads: 6,376
[audio]Laurie Anderson Record Release Party for O Superman at The Kitchen NYC, 1980 - Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson's record release party for O Superman 7" (and Walk The Dog) (released on 110 Records) on April 28, 1980 at The Kitchen in New York City. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Laurie Anderson, Bob George, John Gibson, Phill Niblock, Roma Baran and Ken Friedman. Like Hitchcock's "Rope" this slice of reality in one take features Amirkhanian wandering through a dense crowd of revelers, nabbing interviewees spontaneously as they appear in his peripheral vision...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Other Minds New Music Seance I
On December 3, 2005, Other Minds presented for the first time three concerts of new music summoning the spirits of composers past and present, in the spiritual setting of Bernard Maybeck's Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The following selections are from Concert I, "WALK IN BEAUTY". Dane Rudhyar Third Pentagram, excerpts: Stars, Sunburst (1926) Leo Ornstein Three Fantasy Pieces (1962, world premiere) Henry Cowell Aeolian Harp (19230 The Banshee (1925) Tides of Maunaunaun (1912) Bunita Mar...
Keywords: Other Minds; New Music Seance; Concerts; New Music; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 5,658
[audio]Accordionist Stefan Hussong performs at Other Minds 10, 2004 - Stefan Hussong, John Cage, Keiko Harada, Adriana Hölszky
Accordionist Stefan Hussong performs at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. Pieces include: Traditional Gagaku (Japan, 10th Century), Banshiki no Choshi John Cage, Dream (1948) Keiko Harada (1999), Bone+ (US Premiere) John Cage, In a landscape (1948) Adriana Höelszky, High Way for One for Accordion Solo (2000) (US Premiere) Stefan Hussong, accordion Polka and Conjunto step asidethis is accordion like youve never heard before...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Avantgarde
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[audio]Stephan Micus: Where In The World?, 1974 - Stephan Micus
The Music of Stephan Micus: Where In The World? By 2004, Stephan Micus (MEE-koos) has recorded over 20 solo albums of his multi-tracked, multi-ethnic music, mostly for the ECM Records label. But three decades earlier, the young musician stopped to visit WBAI in New York, and later Charles Amirkhanian at KPFA and left an hour-long tape of his music before disappearing into the ozone. From the original 1974 program description: Improvisations for wooden recorders, sitar, zither, cymbals, bamboo fl...
Keywords: Instrumental; Meditative; New Age; World Music
Downloads: 5,394 4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars4.50 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]Michael Nyman performs piano accompaniment to the silent film "Manhatta" (Paul Strand, 1920) at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Michael Nyman
English Composer Michael Nyman performs his piano accompaniment to the silent film Manhatta (Paul Strand, 1920) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Michael Nyman, piano
Keywords: Minimalism; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 5,334 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars(2 reviews)
[audio]The Spirituals to Swing Concerts of 1938 - 1939
Phil Elwood presents the complete recordings of two concerts organized by John Hammond and given on the Christmas Eves of 1938 and 1939 at Carnegie Hall; featuring the best Swing, Blues, and Gospel musicians of the day. Performers include Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Bill Broozy, and many others
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Jazz Archives; Phil Elwood
Downloads: 4,567
[audio]John Cage Lecture Reading: on Rauschenberg, Duchamp, Johns etc. at L.A. County Museum of Art, 1965 - John Cage
John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Spoken Word; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 4,471 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]The Piano Music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was a British born composer, pianist, and author who wrote some of the longest and most difficult to perform works for the piano ever composed. Although a 20th century composer his works had more in common with the elaborate counterpoint of Bach than with the modern compositions of his contemporaries, such as Cage, Antheil, or Schoenberg. His compositions were so difficult to play that he actually forbid public performance of them for decades, so as to avoid them from ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Shapurji Sorabji
Downloads: 4,399 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars(1 review)
[audio]Astor Piazzolla, Speaking Of Music at the Exploratorium in 1989 - Astor Piazzolla
Composer Astor Piazzolla interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 11, 1989. In this program, Astor Piazzolla reveals the history of tango, its derivation from the milonga, the development of the accordion-like bandoneon, and pivotal points in his own compositional career, importantly how he changed traditional tango to Nuevo Tango following his dismissal by teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 4,271
[audio]Henry Cowell Musical Autobiography - Henry Cowell
Henry Cowell talks about his life and plays examples of his music from his entire career as a composer—a fascinating document. He mentions the diversity interests from his childhood, giving up violin at age 8, hearing Irish tunes hummed by his father, early American Ozark mountain tunes sung by his mother. Living in San Francisco, he was exposed to international influences, playing and humming along with his Japanese, Chinese & Tahitian playmates.
Keywords: Documentary; New Music; Henry Cowell; Orchestral Music
Downloads: 4,248
[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening III of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 - 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish "A Year from Mo...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; Interview
Downloads: 4,159
[audio]Randy Weston & African Rhythms perform Blues for Langston Hughes & Other Selections at Other Minds 8, 2002 - Randy Weston
Randy Weston and African Rhythms perform new and classic works of Weston's at Other Minds Music Festival 8 in 2002 at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California. The music, according to Robin D.G. Kelley, New York Times jazz critic and NYC African Studies Professor, "...pushes the African rhythms to the foreground and always tries to work within a framework true to the source, whether it's the West African dance music called highlife or sacred songs from Morocco...
Keywords: Jazz
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[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
Part 1 (39:25): This first of a three part conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman was recorded at WBAI in New York between October 18-25, 1967. The segment begins with Cage and Feldman discussing the various ways people perceive intrusion in their lives. The composers then spend some time on the occupation of the artist as "being deep in thought," and what the goals or purposes of "being deep in thought" might be...
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[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs Toby Twining's Satie Blues at Other Minds 5, 1999 - Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Toby Twining's Satie Blues (1989), arranged by the composer for Margaret Leng Tan in 1995) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano & piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Composer/vocalist Toby Twining's music and voice can be heard on his CD Shaman, featuring his vocal quartet, Toby Twining Music...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 3,656
[audio]William Burroughs Press Conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974 - William Burroughs
William Burroughs press conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974. Sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive. At a press release on an unidentified occasion, William Burroughs fields an array of questions, discusses relationships with or opinions on Paul Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jose Delgado, Alfred Korzybski, et.al. as well as opinions on the women's movement, contemporary (1974) politics (Watergate, etc.), governmental methods of civilian control and the possibilities of revo...
Keywords: poet; poetry
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[audio]That Morning Thing, an opera by Robert Ashley
A live recording of the complete experimental opera, “That Morning Thing” by Robert Ashley, possibly from the Dec. 8, 1969 performance at Mills College. Composed in 1967 this was Ashley’s second foray into the realm of avant-garde musical theater, and is a work for five principal voices, eight dancers, women's chorus and tape. The mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of some in the audience, was notably mixed, however rather than being a commentary on the ultimate quality of the ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Opera; Music Theatre; Robert Ashley
Downloads: 3,613
[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs Toby Twining's Nightmare Rag at Other Minds 5, 1999 - Toby Twining & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Toby Twining's Nightmare Rag (1989), arranged by the composer for Margaret Leng Tan in 1995) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano & piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Composer/vocalist Toby Twining's music and voice can be heard on his CD Shaman, featuring his vocal quartet, Toby Twining Music...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 3,610
[audio]Jazz violinist Billy Bang performs selections (track 1) from the World Premiere of "Vietnam: The Aftermath" and "Vietnam Reflections" at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Billy Bang
Jazz violinist Billy Bang performs selections from his release Vietnam: The Aftermath and his upcoming release Vietnam Reflections at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Billy Bang Quintet Billy Bang, violin Ted Daniel, trumpet and horns Andrew Bemkey, piano Todd Nicholson, bass Michael Carvin, drums Composer, violinist and Vietnam veteran Billy Bang and his New York-based quintet present the world premiere of new selections from his ongo...
Keywords: jazz
Downloads: 3,581
[audio]Interview with Morton Feldman, 1967 - Morton Feldman, Charles Shere
Morton Feldman Interviewed by Charles Shere, July, 1967. This wide ranging literate, and always fascinating conversation between composer Morton Feldman and writer/composer/journalist (and former KPFA music director) Charles Shere touches on the work of various composers, performers, artists, and writers. Feldman talks about ways of composing, including his own, and to what degree a composer is "on the make" with regard to his audience...
Keywords: Interview; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 3,581
[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening IV of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 - 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish "A Year from Mo...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; Interview
Downloads: 3,475
[audio]Lou Harrison: A New Gamelan - Lou Harrison
Music of Indonesia had haunted Lou Harrison from an early age to the point where he went to Asia to study. Upon his return, he decided to design and make Asian instruments using Western materials. With the help of Bill Colvig, they made two gamelans actually one that plays in two modes out of steel and aluminum tubes as well as slabs of aluminum. The gamelan is tuned to two separate modes of intonation (scale of overtones): U mode pentatonic scale and Gamelan 711 which includes prime numbers 7 a...
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[audio]Nicolas Slonimsky Speaks about Frank Zappa - Nicolas Slonimsky
In these recorded comments by Slonimsky, his musical world (classical/avant garde) and that of Frank Zappa (popular/avant garde) came together primarily due to the publication of a book by Slonimsky on scales and harmonies that attracted Zappas attention. Slonimsky recounts his acceptance of an invitation by Zappa to play with his Rock Band. He also recounts how amazed he was when he observed Zappas scores for classical music which looked far out like something Edgar Varese would write, a compos...
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[audio]Percussion Music: From Lou Harrison’s collection of 78 rpm acetate records
On this installment of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian unearths rare gems from Lou Harrison’s personal record collection. Amirkhanian focuses on percussion music from the late 1930s and early 1940s, broadcasting selections by American composers Harrison, Henry Cowell, Johanna Beyer and William Russell. Many of these recordings were made live at one of John Cage’s famous percussion concerts, in 1939 at the Cornish School in Seattle...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Lou Harrison; Percussion Music; New Music; acetate discs; 78rpm
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[audio]String Quartet No. 3 by Michael Nyman performed at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Michael Nyman
San Francisco's Del Sol String Quartet performs the San Francisco Premiere of Michael Nyman's String Quartet No. 3 (1989) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Nyman's intensely moving String Quartet No. 3, composed in Armenia and redolent of sadness of the music of that oppressed people, is performed by Del Sol. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello
Keywords: Minimalism; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Morton Feldman, Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium in 1986 - Morton Feldman
Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs Alvin Lucier's Nothing Is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever) at Other Minds 5, 1999 - Alvin Lucier & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the west coast premiere of Alvin Lucier's piece Nothing Is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever) (1990) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, piano & teapot with miniature sound system According to Lucier: In the Spring of 1990, Aki Takahashi asked me to write an arrangement of a Beatles song for her. She had just finished recording the complete piano music of Satie for Toshiba-EMI, the success of which had prom...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
Downloads: 3,129
[audio]Laurie Anderson on KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series from 1984 - Laurie Anderson
Having signed with Warner Brother Records, Laurie Anderson was soon to be at the height of her career in the mid-80s. This interview/lecture is incredibly insightful for both Anderson fans and those who have fond memories of the experimentation being done in the form of challenging and intelligent pop songs during the early to mid-80s. In part 1 of this interview before a live audience of 1000 at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Charles Amirkhanian...
Keywords: Avantgarde
Downloads: 3,083
[audio]The Jewish Bob Dylan
Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of John Wesley Harding can be interpreted as the name of the Jewish God, YHWH. Issues such as social justice and a sense of out-sideness imbue the songs of Dylan as they do the history of the Jewish people...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Documentary; Folk Music; Bob Dylan
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[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening V of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 - 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish "A Year from Mo...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; Interview
Downloads: 3,006
[audio]John Cage Featured on KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series - John Cage
Based on an interview with John Cage, conducted by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music in San Francisco, this Ode to Gravity program was heard nationwide over the NPR satellite. Amirkhanian begins with a quick history of Cage's musical upbringing, leading into an interview conducted with Cage during preparation for the San Francisco Symphony's "all-Cage" evening in 1983. The program opens with a performance of "Double Music" (1941) written jointly by Cage and Lou Harriso...
Keywords: Avant-garde; 20th Century Classical; KPFA; John Cage
Downloads: 2,810
[audio]On Varese's Ionisation, 1973 - Edgar Varese, Nicolas Slonimsky, David Cloud
This program was produced for broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of Ionisation, a percussion work by Edgar Varese. Nicolas Slonimsky, who conducted that performance, reminisces about the event with David Cloud of KPFK. Recorded on March 6, 1973. Varese's music was one of the first pieces in Western Classical music history performed solely on percussion instruments. Using a variety of conventional (snare drum, bass drum) and unconventional sources (sirens, Lion's roar), the m...
Keywords: Interview; New Music; Orchestral Music; Edgar Varese
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[audio]Stravinsky In Rehearsal from 1947 - Igor Stravinsky & William Malloch
In 1947, William Malloch possessed of a sense of history, recorded Igor Stravinsky rehearsing his new revision of his symphonies of wind instruments in memory of Debussy. The sound is antique but the picture of what Stravinsky is striving for musically comes through clearly enough. Malloch won runner-up honors in the Eighth Annual Armstrong Awards, the seventh national award his programs have won.
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Elliott Carter: A Life In Music, a documentary (1983) - Elliott Carter
This program provides an overview of Carter's compositions from 1942 to 1978. It includes excerpts from several of his compositions including the Symphony No. 1 (1942), Piano Sonata (1945-6), Cello Sonata (1948) and Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano (1961). Importantly, the program includes recordings of complete performances of the Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord (1952) with informative analysis by David Schiff (Carter's biographer)...
Keywords: Documentary; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Beat and Bow: Tabla and Sarangi Performances
From the Odeon recording “Beat and Bow” (MOAE-174) which was also later released by EMI (EALP-1312) three pieces of instrumental Hindustani music. The first work is for solo tabla and is the Teental rhythm (a cycle of 16 beats). The second piece is a Raga for sarangi and tabla and is also in the Teental rhythm. The third work is also for sarangi and tabla and is in the Deepchandi rhythm (a cycle of 14 beats)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music
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[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, Radio Happening II of V recorded at WBAI, New York City, 1966 - 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish "A Year from Mo...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; Interview
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